Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Dad and mom, this ebook overview accommodates spoilers.

However you do not have time to learn the ebook your self anyway, proper? That is why you are studying this overview. You want to have the ability to inform at a look whether or not or not The Guide Thief is suitable on your little one. So let’s get began…


What do you get from a ebook set in Hitler’s Germany – and narrated by Loss of life? You get a poignant, transferring story that is by some means heartbreaking and triumphant all on the similar time.

The story is about Liesel, a younger lady positioned with poor foster dad and mom in a house outdoors of Munich, Germany. Her foster father Hans paints homes and performs the accordion. Her foster mom Rosa does different individuals’s laundry for pay, when she will get the work.

And Liesel? Nicely, she steals books and different stuff – however largely books.

The Good Stuff

The Guide Thief has many examples of affection, kindness and self-sacrifice. Liesel and her foster father develop a particular father-daughter bond not lengthy after she’s dropped at his dwelling. He sits by her mattress each evening so he might be there to consolation her after her nightmares. He teaches her to learn. He contains her in his life. He is merely an exquisite, loving Dad.

Her foster mom swears like a sailor – largely in German. And he or she’s a strict disciplinarian who would not imagine in “sparing the rod.” However her love for Liesel and her massive coronary heart turn out to be very apparent by the top of the ebook.

And there is extra…

– The mayor’s spouse invitations Liesel into her dwelling library to borrow books to read-and even permits her to interrupt in and “steal” books after they’ve a falling out. She later takes Liesel in after her foster dad and mom are killed in a bombing.

– Hans retains a promise made years earlier and hides a Jewish man named Max in his basement.

– When Max is deathly sick, Liesel searches for discarded objects on the streets to convey him as “items.”

– Liesel reads her books to individuals gathered in a bomb shelter to maintain their minds off the raid.

– Hans tries to sneak a chunk of bread to an undernourished Jew being marched to a focus camp.


The reader will get photographs of battle violence in The Guide Thief. Jews are paraded down the road and mistreated by the troopers. A bomber pilot crashes his aircraft and dies proper in entrance of Liesel and her good friend Rudy. A soldier has his legs blown off on the knees – and he dies. Bombs demolish total streets and cities. And the narrator Loss of life describes taking the souls of these killed.

However that is not all…

– Liesel is whipped by her foster mom a number of instances for misbehaving – in addition to by the trainer in school. She’s additionally whipped by a Nazi soldier when she tries to speak to Max as he is being marched to a focus camp.

– A returned soldier in Liesel’s city hangs himself.

– Rudy is almost strangled throughout a struggle. Later he is crushed up by one other boy and will get a black eye.

– Hans is whipped by a Nazi soldier for attempting to assist a Jew.

– A person is killed in a truck accident – and Hans’ leg is damaged.

Magic, Sorcery and Spirituality

Liesel prays to God to guard Max, the Jewish man they hid of their basement. Rosa additionally prays that God brings her husband dwelling safely from serving within the military.

Sexual Content material

None. Rudy is at all times asking Liesel for a kiss – and he or she at all times refuses him. As she matures, although, she falls in love with the boy. And he or she kisses him when she finds him useless after a bombing.

Medicine and Alcohol

Hans provides Liesel some champagne to drink. He additionally will get roaring drunk the evening earlier than he has to report back to the German military for responsibility.

Foul Language

The Guide Thief is liberally sprinkled with profanity. Among the cussing is in German. Swear phrases like a- -… a – – gap… d – – n… he – -… sh-t… bullsh-t… and b- -tard seem nearly three dozen instances all through the ebook. Plus God’s identify is abused a dozen instances – and Jesus’ identify is misused over forty instances.

Liesel is named a whore and a slut by a boy. Male non-public components are additionally talked about by identify.

Different Unfavourable Stuff

Liesel is poor and he or she loves books – so the one method she may get them is by stealing them. However she additionally joins with a bunch of youngsters and steals different issues from native farmers – like apples and potatoes.

Plus three boys are compelled to strip down bare in entrance of a nurse.

My Two Cents

The Guide Thief is a fantastically written ebook. The creator creates vivid phrase photos that pull you, the reader, into the narrative. For such a easy story, it is terribly transferring and highly effective.

Plus, it provides you the prospect to see the Holocaust and WWII Germany from a unique perspective – by way of the eyes of Loss of life and the common German people.

However I’ve to confess… the profanity all through the ebook did break it a bit for me. The Guide Thief is beneficial by the writer for grade 9 and up, so I believe it is at your discretion, dad and mom, if you would like your teenager studying a ebook with that a lot foul language in it.

Source by Deanna Blanchard